Fo­cus on trans­port lo­gis­tics

Cargo Talk - - Report -

The In­dian gov­ern­ment is cur­rently in­vest­ing in the coun­try’s in­fra­struc­ture on a mas­sive scale be it roads, rail­ways or wa­ter­ways. The bud­get for up­grad­ing roads alone is worth al­most $14 bil­lion un­til 2018. Says Vishesh Kathuria, Vice Pres­i­dent, IMAP In­dia, “The gov­ern­ment has bud­geted $14 bil­lion for 2017/18 and there­fore paved the way for up­grad­ing 14,000 km of roads.” Kathuria be­lieves that the dis­tri­bu­tion of freight within the mo­dal split is an­other prob­lem. “Too lit­tle con­sid­er­a­tion is given to rail­way and ship­ping traf­fic when it comes to cargo, al­though In­dia is home to the fourth-largest rail­way net­work in the world and there are more than 15,500 km of wa­ter­ways avail­able for trans­port.” The lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor, in the stan­dard­i­s­a­tion of the tax sys­tem, but also in the field of dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion and the boom­ing e-com­merce busi­ness are open­ing up the In­dian lo­gis­tics mar­ket to a large num­ber of for­eign com­pa­nies.

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